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Attorney General O’Connor sues over authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for military and federal employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The State of Oklahoma today filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration to stop requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees and the National Guard.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office has asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order and/or a preliminary order, followed by a permanent order, preventing enforcement of immunization duties.

Additionally, the lawsuit asks the Court to block the Biden Administration from withholding federal funding from the Oklahoma National Guard or its Guard Force members, and declare the mission unconstitutional.

Attorney General John O’Connor said: “Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine authorization ensures that many members of the Oklahoma National Guard will simply quit their jobs instead of getting vaccinated, a situation that would be devastating. irreparable harm to the safety and security of the Oklahomans. “These patriots, along with many federal employees who serve their country and state, are now at risk of termination because they don’t want the vaccine.”

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt .’s request that his state’s National Guard is exempt from the Pentagon’s requirement that all military members be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Stitt, a Republican, was ask Austin in early November suspension of duty for members of the Oklahoma Guard. In his response to denying the request, Austin outlined the Pentagon’s rationale for the mission and noted the potential consequences of Stitt’s stated intent to defy the request.

“This vaccine mission is illegal and does not reflect the Land of the Free,” said General O’Connor.

Governor Kevin Stitt issued the following statement regarding the federal lawsuit filed today:

“The Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oklahoma, and United States Code Title 32 are all clear: as governor, I am Commander-in-Chief of the Oklahoma National Guard.

Therefore, except as directed by the President of the United States under Title 10 Code of the United States, I retain authority over all training and administration of the Oklahoma National Guard – including the determine if and how to implement training guidelines issued by the president.

This week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced his intention to institute unconstitutional sanctions against Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and pilots, including withholding their salaries.

It is unconscionable that President Biden and his administration are choosing to play politics with military paychecks, especially amid the highest inflation rates in 30 years and the close of the holiday season.

Threatening the salaries of National Guard members is clearly illegal and unfair, as unvaccinated active-duty personnel will not have their pay deducted.

Furthermore, it is hypocritical that Secretary Austin mentioned the importance of medical readiness in his letter but failed to mention that unlike active-duty personnel, National Guard members health care services are not provided and must be self-medicated. If medical readiness is indeed a top priority for the Department of Defense, then the Department of Defense must provide the same health care services for all Air Force and National Guard soldiers as it does for military personnel. soldiers in active service.

I will continue to fight to defend Oklahoma against the alarming pattern of federal unconstitutionalization from the Biden administration. “

Governor Kevin Stitt

By order of Stitt, the state The new adjutant, Brig. General Thomas Mancino, issued a memo telling its troops they did not need to shoot and that “no negative administrative or legal action” would be taken against them if they refused.

“We are grateful for the support of the Legislature and the Governor in the State’s effort to prevent excessive access by the Biden Administration,” said General O’Connor. “Their support and funding of this lawsuit protects hard-working Oklahomans and our Oklahoma National Guard members from reckless and illegal missions. Biden’s vaccine.”

Read the full lawsuit filing below:

More than 1,000 members of the Army and Air Self-Defense Forces, about 13% of the state’s 8,200 troops, have said they will not get the vaccine, according to Stitt’s office, according to an internal survey. . Stitt spokeswoman Carly Atchison added that about 40 percent of Oklahoma’s Guard members have been vaccinated, but they won’t be vaccinated until June of next year, by a deadline set by the Army.

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